Atlanta Holds Top Spot on Orkin’s 2018 Mosquito Cities List

ATLANTAMay 7, 2018 /PRSubissionSite/ — For the fifth year in a row, the Atlanta area tops pest control leader Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list, released today. Atlanta is followed on the list by Dallas, which jumped four spots from last year, New York and Washington, D.C. Texas holds the most spots on this year’s list with seven cities, followed by Florida and Louisiana with four cities each.

“Mosquitoes continue to be a major health concern, especially in the summer months,” said Orkin entomologist, Chelle Hartzer. “According to the CDC, vector-borne diseases like Zika virus and West Nile virus have tripled since 2004. These mosquito-borne diseases may have serious side effects.”

Mosquito season starts when Spring temperatures arrive, and they are most active in temperatures above 80 degrees. Breeding season is usually July through September, while peak West Nile virus season is usually not until late August through September or even October in some areas. Temperatures need to be around freezing before mosquitoes will start to die off for the winter.

Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list ranks metro areas by the number of new mosquito customers served from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

1. Atlanta

26. Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. (+8) 

2. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas (+4)

27. Lafayette, La. (+5)

3.New York (+1)

28. Baton Rouge, La. (+12)

4. Washington, D.C. (-2)

29. New Orleans, La. (-2)

5. Chicago (-2)                         

30. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-7)

6. St. Louis, Mo. (+20)

31. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., Asheville, N.C (-9)


32. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (-2)

8. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3)

33. Boston (-14)

9.Kansas City, Mo. (+15)

34. Wichita-Hutchinson, Ka. (+40)

10. Charlotte, N.C. (-1)

35. Tulsa, Okla. (+14)

11. Detroit (-3)

36. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (-5)

12. Memphis, Tenn. (+2)

37. San Antonio, Texas (+2)

13.Nashville, Tenn. (-3)

38. Springfield, Mo. (+79)

14. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-3)

39. Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas (+18)

15. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (+2)

40. Oklahoma City (+48)

16. Los Angeles (+13)

41. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas (+15)

17. Philadelphia (+4)   

42. Baltimore, Md. (-14)

18. Birmingham, Ala. (+18)

43. Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. (+10)

19. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-7)

44. Shreveport, La. (-2)

20. Austin, Texas (+17)

45. Portland-Auburn, Maine (+17)

21. Mobile-Pensacola, Fla. (-6)

46. Knoxville, Tenn. (-13)

22. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (-4)     

47. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-22)

23. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (-10)

48. West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, Fla. (-32)

24. Indianapolis, Ind. (+11)

49. Bangor, Maine (-4)

25. Phoenix, Ariz. (-5)

50. Harlingen-Brownsville-McAllen-Weslaco, Texas (+21)


Although the spread of Zika virus in the U.S. has significantly decreased, from 5,168 cases in 2016 to 433 cases in 2017, it remains a concern as there is no treatment, cure or vaccine for the virus. One of the best strategies for eliminating mosquito-borne diseases is to reduce populations of the mosquitos that spread them.

Below are the most common mosquitoes in the U.S.:

  • Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes: The Aedes aegypti (commonly called the yellow fever mosquito) mosquito can carry and spread Zika virus and has been found in more than 20 states from coast to coast. Unlike other mosquito species, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bite during the day and night.
  • Culex Mosquitoes: These mosquitoes are in every state and can carry and spread West Nile virus. They are most common at dusk and dawn.
  • Anopheles Mosquitoes: In addition to spreading Malaria, which has been considered eradicated from the United StatesAnopheles mosquitoes can transmit dog heart worm and other viruses. They have been found in every state and are most active at dusk and dawn.

Reducing items that attract mosquitoes and actively working to prevent them from reproducing and moving inside the home are the best protection from mosquito bites.

“After mating, females typically seek a blood meal to aid in egg production. She often lays them in standing pools of water. Egg numbers vary from species to species but can be as much as over 100 eggs in a single laying,” said Hartzer.

Orkin recommends the following tips to help residents protect against mosquitoes: 

Eliminate Mosquito-Friendly Conditions in and Around Your Yard

  • Any object that has the potential to hold water should be removed or cleaned out frequently, as mosquitoes can breed in just an inch of standing water.
  • Clean gutters to avoid rainwater build up. Be sure to check for puddles that form on the roof from rain water, leaking pipes or even condensation from air conditioners.
  • Change water weekly in bird baths, fountains, potted plants and any containers that hold standing water.
  • Keep pool water treated and circulating.
  • Trim shrubbery, as adult mosquitoes like to rest in dark areas with high humidity, such as under the leaves of lush vegetation.

Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting

  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothing.
  • Apply an EPA-registered mosquito repellent containing products such as DEET, picaridin or IR3535.

Eliminate Entry Points

  • Inspect doors and windows for drafts or openings around their perimeters and window air conditioning units. Install weather stripping around doors and utilize caulk around window frames.
  • Ensure that window screens are securely in place and free of holes or tears.
  • Keep doors tightly closed. A propped-open door is a welcome mat for mosquitoes to enter your home.

For more mosquito information and prevention tips, visit our Mosquitoes page.

About Orkin, LLC
Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United StatesCanadaMexicoEuropeSouth AmericaCentral America, the Middle East, the CaribbeanAsia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Since 2014, Orkin’s Start with Science™ initiative has donated $670,000 to fund science and math projects in public schools across the nation. Learn more about Orkin at Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL). Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.


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Decode the Future of Banking With Newgen at the Middle East COO Conclave in Financial Services 2018, Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesMay 7, 2018 / PRSubmissionSite/-

Newgen Software, a provider of Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Customer Communication Management (CCM) platforms today announced its participation at the Middle East COO Conclave in Financial Services 2018 as a Gold sponsor Newgen will showcase solutions in Commercial & Retail Lending, Online Account Opening and Trade Finance.

These future-proof solutions can be tailored to the unique needs of financial institutions and are scalable enough to accommodate hundreds of processes with billions of transactions. Moreover, they help relationship managers by offering true mobility for on-the-go information access and entry. This ensures accuracy of information and helps deliver contextual information to customers.

“Banking industry, in the modern-era, needs to continuously transform its business processes and strategies to be competitive in the market. They require new-age technologies like social, mobility, robotic process automation and digital sensing to usher in digital transformation. Newgen is committed to provide banks with the best-in-class technologies to help them innovate for a faster market response,” said Diwakar Nigam, MD and Chairman, Newgen Software.

Join Ritesh Varma, GM – Consulting Practice, Newgen Software on May 8th at 10:10 a.m. for a session on the future of banking- ‘Making Banks Bankable’. Visit booth #1 to understand the emerging technologies and how banks use them for a cutting-edge digital transformation. Attendees will get insights on how banks can achieve a faster-go-to- market and stay on top of regulations along with unifying front & back offices with these products. Further, how to dismantle operational silos integrating them with legacy and third party applications.

The event will be held at Habtoor Grand Resort – Autograph Collection, Dubai, UAE from 7th to 8th May, 2018.

About Newgen Software: 

Newgen Software Technologies Limited listed In India on National Stock Exchange (NSE: NEWGEN) and BSE Ltd. (BSE: 540900), is a provider of Business Process Management, Enterprise Content Management and Customer Communication Management platforms with large, mission-critical solutions deployed at world’s leading banks, Governments, BPO’s & IT Companies, Insurance firms and Healthcare Organizations.

For more information, please visit

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Media Contact: 
Asif Khan


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Leidos Awarded GEO 7 Task Order to Enhance U.S. Air Traffic System

RESTON, Va.April 2, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/ — Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology leader, was awarded a task order by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the 7th Generation geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellite used for the FAA Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The task order has a four-year development phase, and one 10-year Operations and Maintenance phase with a total contract value of approximately $117 million. Work will be performed in Gaithersburg, Md.

The task order supports the WAAS, a safety-critical system that augments Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Positioning Service (SPS). WAAS enables aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, including precision approaches to any airport within its service area.

Leidos, along with space-segment provider Intelsat General Corporation and technology partners U.S. Electrodynamics, Inc. (USEI) and Knight Sky, will develop, test and integrate a satellite payload for the program’s new GEO 7 satellite and its associated pair of ground uplink stations. The stations then broadcast GPS navigation data that is corrected and enhanced for accuracy. Leidos will also manage the stations to ensure the satellite sends the augmented GPS navigation signals in line with WAAS requirements.

“For nearly 20 years, Leidos has partnered with the FAA to provide technology solutions that ensure our nation’s airspace is safe and efficient for both pilots and travelers,” said Fran Hill, Leidos Senior Vice President of Transportation Solutions.  “This award will allow us to continue to deliver accurate, reliable signals and quality service for years to come.”

The GEO 7 payload is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. The system will enter its 10-year operational phase in 2021.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 31,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $10.17 billion for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2017. For more information, visit

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 29, 2017, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


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(571) 526-6850

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Flagstar Announces First Quarter 2018 Earnings Call

TROY, Mich.April 2, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/ — Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) today released instructions for its first quarter 2018 earnings call, which will be held Tuesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. ET. The purpose of the call is to discuss Flagstar’s first quarter 2018 financial results, which will be released at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET on April 24, 2018.

To join the call, please dial (800) 667-5617 toll free or (334) 323-0505 and use passcode 3321708. Please call at least 10 minutes before the conference is scheduled to begin. A replay will be available for five business days by calling (888) 203-1112 toll free or (719) 457-0820, and using passcode 3321708.

The conference call will also be available as a live audiocast on the Investor Relations section of, where it will be archived and available for replay and download. The slide presentation accompanying the conference call will be posted on the site.

For more information about the call, please contact David L. Urban, senior vice president, director of Investor Relations, at (248) 312-5970.

About Flagstar

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC) is a $16.9 billion savings and loan holding company headquartered in Troy, Mich.Flagstar Bank, FSB, provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services through 99 branches in the state. It also provides home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in all 50 states, as well as 89 retail locations in 29 states, representing the combined retail branches of Flagstar and its Opes Advisors mortgage division. Flagstar is a leading national originator and servicer of mortgage loans, handling payments and record keeping for $98 billion of home loans representing over 442,000 borrowers. For more information, please visit

Analyst Contact:
David L. Urban
SVP, Director of Investor Relations
(248) 312-5970

SOURCE Flagstar Bancorp, Inc.

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Maria Daniels Announces the Launch of Her New Book for Children–‘Good Dreams, Good Things’

Illinois, USA, March 15, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/— – Maria Daniels, a vastly experienced Educator, Trainer, Writer, and Author, is pleased and excited to inform everyone out there; young readers, parents, guardians, schools etc., about the launch of her new children’s book.

Dubbed as ‘Good Dreams, Good Things,’ this revolutionary piece is a lighthearted tale that teaches children how to ultimately look at the bright side of things all the time. Crafted in an easy to read, engaging, and fun-filled manner, the Author highlights the importance and benefits of thinking good thoughts and having a positive attitude just as in the case of Colvin, the major character in the book.

Speaking excitedly, Maria Daniels said; “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted about the launch and release of this valuable children’s book, and I know that every reader would be pleased too.”

Good Dreams, Good Things’ book launch will be held at a private location. However, to receive the location address and program details, it is essential to RSVP by sending your request In response, Ms. Daniels would send an RSVP confirmation providing the private location.

“In this book, you will learn about a young boy – Colvin, who like most kids his age is afraid of the dark and the ‘spooky monsters’ that may appear. Nonetheless, with a positive mindset, Colvin was able to combat his fear of being in the dark.”

It is noteworthy to mention that Ms. Daniels has been scheduled for a podcast “LIVE on EmPower Hour” with Bertina Power on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12pm. All lovers of witty, encouraging, and creative adventures are advised to connect with her pages on social media (TwentyRosesPublishing).

“Just when it appears that things are not going the way you would like them to, there is always something good that comes of a bad situation. Good Dreams, Good Things has a message that will resonate with all young readers.” she concluded.

To learn more about the book – Good Dreams, Good Things, visit its Amazon page on the following link –

The book can also be purchased on Barnes and Noble.

Media Contact:

Twenty Roses Publishing

Name: Maria Daniels

Position: Author

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Telephone: (773)490-5257






MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd Diversifies Its Portfolio of Fungus Extract Powder with Some New Additions that have Anti-tumor Effects

Xi’an, China, March 29, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/— There are several kinds of high quality fungus extract powders that can have enormous health benefits for the mankind. China based MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd specializes in extracting powder from different herbs that have great medicinal value. These fungus extracts can cure several types of diseases and can also boost the immunity and vitality of humans in a natural manner.

The company has introduced the Ganoderma Lucidum Extract, which is extracted from the fruiting part of Reishi mushroom. MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd cultivates Reishi mushroom in its own farmland and which is far better in quality than the wild Reishi mushroom. They pick the mushroom at the proper time and dry it properly to maintain its potency. According to some research, the Reishi mushroom extract comes with cancer healing properties, and MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd supplies the best quality extract for cancer patients around the world. The medicinal agents of the extract called phytonutrients works wonder in healing cancer patients.

Another important addition is the Cordyceps Sinensis Extract that comes with amazing anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. The extract can significantly improve the learning ability and the memory functions. This fungus is mainly of parasitic nature, and MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd cultivates it industrially for its large scale production. This extract also has an anti-tumor potency to cure tumors naturally, and can be recommended to cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Besides, the cancer treatment, the extract is a powerful anti-oxidant and is also very useful in diabetes for controlling the blood sugar level.

MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd also brings the Agaricus Blazei Extract, which is extracted from the fruiting body. This is a new medicinal mushroom that contains beta glucan that stimulate the natural cells, which are the vital part of our immune system. It is believed that these polysaccharides are potent enough to promote the cellular health. Besides, it also has a strong anti-tumor effect and is beneficial for cancer patients after the chemotherapy.

One can learn more about these fungus extracts and their medicinal properties by visiting the website

About MIGU Adaptogen Bio-tech Co., Ltd.

MIGU is professional fungus extract powder factory certified by cGMP, ISO, HACCP, Kosher, Halal, Organic since 2002. The company is dedicated to the identification, development and production of fungus extract and other botanical extracts. They owned the organic plantation based in ShannXi and JiangSu province to support production of products of high purity and advanced quality. With the strong R&D capability, the company’s lab is equipped with state of the art instruments for testing such as HPLC, UV, UPLC, TT, GC and GC-MS, ICP-MS, GC/LC-MS-MS, HPTLC and IR (identification), ELIASA, Microbiology test and etc.

For Media Inquiries

Contact Person: Ms Zhang
Telephone: +86 18092670807
Add: NO.13 HaiJing XinTianDi Commercial Center,WeiYang Distract,Xi’an,China

Digital marketing agency announces “CONVERTO”, the ultimate digital marketing package for small and medium businesses

KDRIVEN, the UK’s leading digital marketing agency, made an announcement today about “CONVERTO”.  It is the most effective full-service digital package, an all-in-one solution for small and medium enterprises, and is able to bring effective results in a very short time.

CONVERTO is the ultimate smart solution for SME’s to grow your business online and finally get the results you are looking for.

Be ready to get a new, brand high, converting website, and be competitive in terms of SEO, PPC and SOCIAL.  Basically, all the main resources you need to position your company, increase your search ranking, traffic, and acquire more customers.

KDRIVEN, which has been working with clients across a wide variety of sectors, including SMEs, corporates and start-ups,  is offering “the right approach and solutions to help you with everything that is marketing and digitally related,” says the company’s director, Michele Omini.

“The aim is to provide you with a central location where you can get all your digital media needs taken care of, thus saving time, money, and needless aggravation and stress jumping between the various providers,” adds the company representative.

As one of the leading cost-effective digital marketing solutions to grow your business online, KDRIVEN now has the perfect proposition for Start-UpS, SME, and corporate clients. Their services cover the following areas:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Brand Positioning
  • Lead Generation
  • Brand Identity
  • Website Design & Development
  • Mobile Apps
  • SEO
  • PPC
  • Social Media

“Our full-service Digital Marketing section has been significantly upgraded to cover every aspect of your strategy and help you to grow your business,” says the director of this London based web design company. “Our brand positioning will provide you with a 360-degree solution, or something more specific. Whatever you need, we can take care of it.”

Lead Generation was designed to provide clients with qualified traffic and workable leads. On the other hand, brand identity helps clients better understand the secrets of powerful brand identity creation.

In website design and development, KDRIVEN’s goal is to help clients reach their target audience with perfect responsive solutions that are optimised for all platforms.

“While our Mobile Apps will help you boost your business and enhance your customer experience, our SEO experts will help you increase your business online visibility to dominate your market and drive qualified traffic to your website,” assures the company’s spokesperson.

Meanwhile, their PPC and Social Media sections will combine to help clients find prospects at the time they are searching for your products and services, raise brand awareness, and increase your company’s recognition.


The team at KDRIVEN have all of the experience and knowledge that you will ever need to take care of your digital, internet, and web-based marketing requirements. With more than 12 years’ experience, we have worked with market leaders, including Google, and have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be applied to the global digital market. As a multi-cultural brand agency, KDRIVEN’s aim is to promote innovation and creativity, with a focus on gaining impressive results. Each and every customer is important to us and we demonstrate this concept by treating your business as if it were our own. We offer the best solutions, along with customised and competitively priced assistance, ensuring that you always attain the results you desire. We take your business to the next level, providing web design and marketing services that cut to the chase, attract visitors, and convert them into profitable clients.

Justin Bieber Clothing Store Announces a New Stock of Justin Bieber Hoodie Collection At Discount Prices

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, February 3, 2018/PRSubmissionSite/— Justin Bieber hoodies have their own craze among youngsters and all his fans, more specifically. All Justin fans can now choose from a wide range of stylish hoodies that represent Justin’s original dressing style. In many concerts, Justin has performed wearing hoodies and since then his hoodies are a hot favorite among his fans.

One can check the entire Justin Bieber hoodie collection that is available on Bieber-Clothing.Com. The hoodie collection includes a wide variety of products, aimed at enhancing the style and fashion quotient of both male and female fans of Justin Bieber. According to the spokesperson of the online store, both girls and boys love to wear Justin Bieber hoodies to follow the style of their favorite rock star. They have hoodies in different sizes that can offer the best fitting for both men and women fans of Justin Bieber.

The online store has Justin Bieber hoodies in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, orange and others. One can also choose the Justin Bieber yellow hoodie that Justin is seen wearing during his different world tours. This yellow hoodie is available at a 30% discount and any Justin Bieber fan would love to wear this hoodie for a fashionable dressing. The spokesperson reveals that like all other products available in their store, this hoodie is also made from high quality fabric that offers a soft, smooth and comfortable feel to anyone who wears it.

Bieber-Clothing.Com specializes in Justin Bieber clothing that can enhance the look and style of every customer, whether he is a Justin Bieber fan or not. The online store offers adorable choices for men and women to look more stylish without paying exorbitant prices for fashionable clothes. They keep updating their stock on a regular basis, bringing a fresh range of dresses that Justin wears on different tours, concerts and occasions. To explore the Justin Bieber dress collection and to purchase Justin Bieber hoodies, jackets, sweatpants and other items at discount prices, one can visit the website

About provides Justin Bieber sweaters, hoodies, hats, pants, and various other items popularized by Justin for all his fans. All dresses and accessories are available at reasonable prices and showcase Justin’s exclusive style. Made of quality material, these clothes are available in different sizes and are made for all Justin Bieber fans, irrespective of their age and physique.

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Contact Person: Tyler Liu

Ship Famous for “Fighting Sullivan Brothers” Discovered on Saint Patrick’s Day 76 Years after the USS Juneau was Sunk During World War II

SEATTLEMarch 19, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/ — Wreckage from the USS Juneau (CL-52) was discovered on March 17, 2018, by the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The Juneau was sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the Battle of Guadalcanal, ultimately killing 687 men aboard including all five Sullivan brothers. The Atlanta-class light cruiser was found 4,200 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the South Pacific off the coast of the Solomon Islands.

“We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Mr. Allen. “But finding the USS Juneau on Saint Patrick’s Day is an unexpected coincidence that allows us to pay final respects to the Sullivan brothers and all the service members who were lost 76 years ago.”

The R/V Petrel’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) first identified the ship in its side scan sonar on March 17. Upon analysis of the sonar data, the Petrel crew deployed its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) on March 18 to verify the wreckage through its video feed.

“As the fifth commanding officer of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), a ship named after five brothers, I am excited to hear that Paul Allen and his team were able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) that sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal,” said Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces. “The story of the USS Juneau crew and Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation.”

The USS Juneau had a short service history only being commissioned just under a year prior to it sinking.

During its fateful battle on November 13, 1942, a second torpedo hit on its port side creating a significant explosion that cut the ship in half and killed most of the men onboard, including all five Sullivan brothers. Because the Juneau sank in 30 seconds and due to the risk of further Japanese attacks, the American task force did not stay to check for survivors. Although approximately 115 of Juneau‘s crew reportedly survived the explosion, including possibly as many as two of the five Sullivan brothers, naval forces did not undertake rescue effort for several days and only 10 men were rescued from the water eight days after the sinking.

The Sullivan family of Waterloo, Iowa lost their sons George, Francis “Frank,” Joseph, Madison “Matt” and Albert despite the naval policy that prevented siblings from serving together. The brothers refused to serve unless assigned to the same ship, so the policy was not enforced. According to naval historians, the brothers’ deaths became a rallying cry for the allied forces.

“I had the opportunity to visit The Sullivans earlier this month and I can tell you the fighting spirit of the Sullivan brothers – George, Frank, Joe, Matt and Al – lives on through the fantastic crew that mans the ship today. The crew embodies the ship’s motto, ‘We Stick Together’ each day. My time on The Sullivans and the relationship I formed with the ship’s sponsor, Kelly, the granddaughter of Albert, are some of my most cherished memories,” said Brown.

Allen-led expeditions have also resulted in the discovery of the USS Lexington (March 2018), USS Indianapolis (August 2017), USS Ward (November 2017), USS Astoria (February 2015), Japanese battleship Musashi (March 2015) and the Italian WWII destroyer Artigliere (March 2017). His team was also responsible for retrieving the ship’s bell from the HMS Hood for presentation to the British Navy in honor of its heroic service.

Mr. Allen’s expedition team was permanently transferred to the newly acquired and retrofitted R/V Petrel in 2016 with a specific mission around research, exploration and survey of historic warships and other important artifacts. The 250-foot R/V Petrel is fitted with state-of-the-art subsea equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters (or three and a half miles).

For more information, contact:

The following link provides visual assets, materials and video interviews including:

  • Photos from the dives on March 18, 2018
  • Videos from the dives on March 18, 2018
  • Interview with Director of subsea operations for Mr. Allen, Robert Kraft
  • B-roll of the R/V Petrel operations in its search for the USS Juneau

About Paul G. Allen

Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species; combat climate change; improve ocean health; share art, history and film; develop new technology; tackle epidemics; research how the human brain works; and build sustainable communities.

Mr. Allen is deeply committed to honoring our past and the lessons it provides to our future. He has created public spaces including the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Collection, MoPOP and the Living Computer Museum + Lab — where people learn and interact with historic, cultural and musical heritage. The inaugural Seattle Art Fair helped put the city on the map as one of the premier art destinations in the country. He also thinks globally, making impact investments that will help developing countries expand their health and infrastructure and nurture a diversified economy.

Many of his ventures were seeded in his youth, and reflect the depth and diversity of his passions. Honoring his father’s service in World War II, Mr. Allen is especially interested in collecting and protecting the artifacts that speak to the heroism and service of that day. His recently acquired Research Vessel Petrel provides a platform to search for historic artifacts that have been lost at sea.

To learn more, visit


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StockChain Lands in the Heart of Global Finance, at New York’s Iconic Times Square

NEW YORKMarch 19, 2018 /PRSubmissionSite/ — Stockchain (SCC), the world’s first decentralized professional digital currency quotation and exchange platform, launched a new advertising campaign in the heart of the global financial sector, at New York’s Times Square on March 15, 2018.

The campaign, featuring the company’s logo and website, is announcing StockChain – the ecosystem for big data – is coming. At the heart of Manhattan in New York City, Times Square is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable public spaces – and a hub for the global financial services sector, with the NASDAQ headquarters located right on the square. NASDAQ MarketSite, the huge digital billboard on the exterior of the NASDAQ building, is one of the most iconic advertising spaces in the United States. Every year, approximately 50 million people visit Times Square, making it one of the busiest pedestrian areas in the world.

StockChain is an online platform that connects international digital currency exchanges, to enable cross-platform information sharing and trading and enhance trading efficiency across networks. At its core, StockChain aims to solve the “island” problem in the international digital currency market whereby individual exchanges trade in isolation, without connections to other exchanges. Since digital currencies commonly use erc20 and other standards, they can theoretically be traded on any exchange. However, most global exchanges remain centralized, not sharing data with other networks.

StockChain tackles this problem by providing an integrated platform where traders can monitor information across multiple exchanges, and make investment decisions in real time.

“Our ambition is to support global trading in digital currency in the same way that investors currently trade stocks — by providing investors with the real-time information and access that they need to make informed investment choices,” said Jin Xiang, CEO of StockChain. “We aim to make StockChain the go-to platform for investors to access information to inform their trading strategies, purchase traditional financial investment products, and innovative predictive services that leverage our expertise in AI.”

StockChain is the first platform to use big data analysis techniques to monitor trading data across various exchanges, predict trading trends in advance, and recommend promising trading strategies through sophisticated machine learning technology. To achieve this, StockChain’s machine learning engines monitor and analyze vast amounts of trading data across multiple exchanges, to develop indices that closely track performance across exchanges or industries — a world first for the digital currency industry. Building on these indices, in addition to its role as an information provider, StockChain is also working with third party institutions to enable trading of financial derivatives products.

“We intend to launch different types of options contracts for investors to choose from, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and other ICO currency’s options,” explains StockChain’s CEO Jin Xiang. “Our C2C margin-trading platform develops effective and uniform interest rate algorithms and security deposit management mechanisms for various types of ICO currencies, ensuring a safe, fair and transparent way to trade on digital currency futures. We will also provide ETF index fund that contains a basket of digital currencies, which will allow investors to trade in more than one related currencies.”

StockChain’s management team brings years of Wall Street expertise and experience at bulge bracket banks and brokerage firms. Its product development team is led by one of the earliest product managers of the digital giant Baidu, while its tech team is led by a founder of 360, another search engine giant in China. Full details of the management team and advisory council can be found on the StockChain website.

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